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“Your Eighteenth Century Kitchen Garden”

“Your Eighteenth Century Kitchen Garden”

3rd Saturday Program at Morlatton Village

September 16, 2017 • 11:00am                                        

The Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County (HPTBC) invites you to join us for our September 3rd Saturday Program. These site-wide programs are offered April-October and include various formats and topics such as exhibits, demonstrations, interactive sessions, and oral and graphic presentations. Tours of Morlatton Village will be offered when applicable. Program begins at the White Horse Inn. Suggested donation $2/person. All proceeds benefit the Trust.

Join Trust volunteers Sue Speros and Dr. Courtney Stevens to learn more about the importance of gardens in the eighteenth century. Gardens were the “medicine chests” for the farms, the source of flavorful herbs for cooking, and provided lovely simple flowers that could bring beauty to a home. The program will also include a visit to the White Horse Tavern’s herb garden where visitors will have a chance to experience and explore some of these herbs for themselves.

Susan Speros is the Site Manager for the Alleghany Aqueduct Historical Park, owned by the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department. She also writes for the Reading Eagle’s Berks Country Magazine. Sue currently serves as a director on the HPTBC board and volunteers at numerous historic sites across the county. Dr. Courtney McKay Stevens is a retired professor of nursing and an active member of the local Herb Society of America. She loves working in historic kitchen and herb gardens and using those plants in hearth cooking. Courtney is a longtime Trust volunteer and also donates her time to many other historic sites in the area.

The HPTBC is a non-profit organization that acquires, preserves, and maintains historically and architecturally significant properties in Berks County, Pennsylvania and educates Berks County and its’ visitors about the role these sites played in Pennsylvania and American history. The Trust seeks to foster community involvement and support in promoting awareness and appreciation of historic structures and encouraging their adaptive reuse. The Trust currently owns and maintains eight historically significant buildings in the greater Reading/Berks County area. Our office is located in the White Horse Inn on Old Philadelphia Pike in Douglassville. If you are interested in donating to the Trust please call 610-385-4762 or visit